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The Rosicrucians

The Rosicrucians
Their Rites and Mysteries


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108073219

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  • Hargrave Jennings' 1870 work joins the debates of the nineteenth century that sought to determine the relationships between modern science, religion, and the supernatural. A prolific writer and an occultist, Jennings (1817–1890) had previously published on the religions of India. He spent two decades researching and writing this work, which is the first history in English of the Rosicrucians. As he states, his 1858 Curious Things of the Outside World first asserted the ideas he elaborates in this text, and he is not a member of the Rosicrucian sect, simply a historian of it. This was his best-known book, in which the discussion extends to the Kabbalah, Gnosticism, the Druids, and ancient and medieval cultures; five editions were subsequently printed, and it was translated into German in 1912. It will interest scholars of the history of ideas, of the relationship of science and magic, and of the occult.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108073219
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 258 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Critics of the Rosicrucians criticised
    2. Singular adventure in Staffordshire
    3. Insufficiency of worldly objects
    4. The Hermetic philosophers
    5. An historical adventure
    6. The Hermetic brethren
    7. Mythic history of the fleur-de-lis
    8. Sacred fire
    9. Fire-theosophy of the Persians
    10. Ideas of the Rosicrucians as to the character of fire
    11. Monuments raised to fire-worship in all countries
    12. Druidical stones and their worship
    13. Inquiry as to the possibility of miracle
    14. Can evidence be depended upon? – Examination of Hume's reasoning
    15. Footsteps of the Rosicrucians amidst architectural objects
    16. The round towers of Ireland
    17. Prismatic investiture of the microcosm
    18. Cabalistic interpretations by the Gnostics
    19. Mystic Christian figures and talismans
    20. The 'Rosy Cross' in Indian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and mediaeval monuments
    21. Myth of the scorpion, or the snake, in its many disguises
    22. Ominous character of the colour white to English royalty
    23. The beliefs of the Rosicrucians – meaning of lights and of commemorative flambeaux in all worship
    24. The great pyramid
    25. History of the tower or steeple
    26. Presence of the Rosicrucians in heathen and Christian architecture
    27. The Rosicrucians amidst ancient mysteries and in the orders of knighthood
    28. Rosicrucianism in strange symbols
    29. Connection between the Templars and gnosticism
    30. Rosicrucian origin of the Order of the Garter
    31. Rosicrucian supposed means of magic through signs, sigils, and figures
    32. Astro-theosophical system of the Rosicrucians – the alchemic magisterium.

  • Author

    Hargrave Jennings

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